I'm not, there's nothing wrong with knowing who and what you are. I may not be launching rockets into space, but I'm raising 5 kids, my wife stays at home with them and I've never taken a dime in welfare of any kind. It's funny you act like the champion of the poor underprivileged until you come across one that made it without your help. Who's paying for your college, by the way?Don't be so hard on yourself.
Obama was talking about allowing the top Bush tax cuts to sunset, which would have very little impact on a family making $250k, because it would only impose a small increase on income over $200k (actually with a cutoff somewhere between that and $250k). Subsequently Democrats amended their proposal so that the higher rates would only apply to income over $1 million -- which I think qualifies as well off no matter where you live.
"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith
When the USA had that rate on the books, were we a fascistic nation in any other respect?
And it is still extremely sad for anyone here to advocate murder because they cannot win a debate on public policy in the real arena.
Last edited by haymarket; 04-14-12 at 04:13 PM.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers